Since 2002 mission trips have come to form an integral part of church life at Glen Acres. In October of 2002 four men and four women travelled to Bolivia to work in the small village of Licoma, located in the foothills of the Andes mountain range. Canadian Baptists have a long history (over 100 years) of work in Bolivia. On this trip the team was involved with construction, children’s ministry and adult ministry. The team worked alongside Bolivians from the church where the project was located.
In 2004 a team of five youth and two leaders travelled to Montreal during March Break for a one week mission alongside several hundred other youth from Ontario and Quebec. The team was involved in outreach, worship and practical projects. Another youth team is currently making plans to take part in the 2010 Canadian Baptists of Ontario & Quebec youth mission to Montreal.
In the summer of 2007 a team of eleven youth and adults returned to Bolivia. This time the focus was again on a construction project and children and adult ministries at the oldest Baptist church in Bolivia – situated in Oruro.
In the summer of 2008 Linda Wolfe, one of our staff, spent ten weeks in Bolivia participating in a variety of projects and ministries. In the Fall of 2009 Linda led another mission to Bolivia where the focus was on a project that reaches out to the needs of children of prisoners. In Bolivia – if a mother goes to prison – her children go with her.
In the winter of 2009, during a sabbatical break, Pastor Bill spent three weeks on mission in Africa with International Teams. Pastor Bill visited IT projects in Kenya and Uganda. A highlight of the trip was visiting and ministering in several refugee camps and interviewing dozens of refugees.
In January of 2010 ten youth and adults joined an even larger group from other churches (53 in total) for a two week mission to Haiti. After six days in Haiti the devasting earthquake took place. The mission immediately changed from a focus on construction and orphan support, to emergency response. Our team was not injured, but many Haitians in the area lost their lives, homes or were seriously hurt. For the next four days the team did everything they could to respond to the disaster. Five days after the earthquake the team was flown home by the Canadian government. We are praying for Haiti and we are currently raising funds to assist with the relief and re-development of Haiti.
As part of her leadership with Canadian Baptist Ministries, Brenda Halk (one of our members and a staff person with CBM) has travelled to India several times and Africa. Here she has been involved with leadership development for women and has seen first hand the projects that the broader Baptist community is involved in.
In February 2012 a team of 15 returned to Haiti to help build a home from the earthquake rubble. This team included 6 sons along with their dads and one mother. In both 2011 and 2013 GABC members participated in Medical Missions in Peru for one and two weeks. In addition GABC has seen a number of youth take part in the CBOQ March Break mission opportunities in both Montreal and Dominican Republic. Several are planning to go to DR once again in March of 2015.
All of the above experiences have been impacting to those who have been on the mission trips. We have discovered that people come home from a mission and immediately begin to share their stories and experiences. So in short – our church has been significantly changed by our exposure to the world and particularly the challenges of those in the underdeveloped parts of the world.
We would love to have you join us on a future mission trip!